DOUBLE PODIUM FOR CALTEX DRIVERS AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes secured a double podium finish for the Caltex-backed drivers in round seven of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland...
DOUBLE PODIUM FOR CALTEX DRIVERS AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY
Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes secured a double podium finish for the Caltex-backed drivers in round seven of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway today.
Whincup, who secured a career first pole position yesterday, secured the runner-up position courtesy of a second, third and fourth place finish aboard his Caltex-backed TeamVodafone Falcon during the three 38-lap races contested over the weekend.
He was joined on the podium by his team-mate Craig Lowndes who showed impressive speed throughout the weekend to move up the order in the championship standings to fourth place and 22 points behind Whincup.
Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall continued his good form at Queensland Raceway to secure his tenth finish inside the top ten at the venue since 1999.
Ingall was in the thick of the action all weekend to record a sixth and two ninth place finishes across the three 38-lap journeys. As a result he has now moved into the top ten in the championship standings.
Ingall's team-mate James Courtney was close to matching his best result of the year, third in the opening round in Adelaide, before a post-race penalty in race three dropped him down the order to ** position for the round.
Garth Tander dominated the round with three victories from as many starts. After seven rounds he now leads the championship over team-mate Rick Kelly and Whincup.
The next round of the championship will be contested at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway on August 17-19.
Russell Ingall - #9 Caltex Racing Ford Falcon "I think the message is out that we can have a go out there," said Ingall.
"All you could see was dust out there -- it was fantastic.
"I have to applaud the officials for letting us what we do best -- and that's race.
"There is no doubt that the fans got their monies worth today.
"That's the most I have enjoyed a day of racing for a long, long time.
"I am sure there will be the odd whinger, but they have to understand the big picture and that's the entertainment we have to provide the fans.
"If the fans vote for it -- then I am in.
"Overall we had a reasonable day and it could have been better if not for a wheel nut problem during my stop in the final race.
"The pleasing thing for us is that we seem to be getting our car speed back and that can only be a good thing for the remainder of the season for the Caltex Ford team."
Craig Lowndes - #888 Team Vodafone Ford Falcon "Race three was probably my best race given that I kept my best tyres until last," said Lowndes.
"But in saying that in both races today the car was working well right through the entire races.
"It is also great to have a team-mate that has the speed, the brains and can also match racecraft with the best of us.
"We are both quite proud of the TeamVodafone results this weekend with pole and two podiums. It certainly shows that the team has got some depth."
Jamie Whincup - #88 Team Vodafone Ford Falcon "All-in-all I think everyone at TeamVodafone should be proud of their efforts this weekend," said Whincup.
"While we were unable to completely match the pace of Round winner Garth Tander who won all three races this weekend, the guys made a number of changes to both of our cars that gave us better balance particularly towards the end of each race.
"We didn't win the round but we put in a strong, consistent performance which moved us both up in the championship order."
James Courtney - #4 Jeld-Wen Motorsport Ford Falcon "Getting a drive-through penalty after the final race is pretty crushing for me and for the JELD-WEN crew; we all worked really hard to turn things around this weekend.
"It was a pretty full on race and there was quite a bit of action. I was having a bit of a battle with Mark (Skaife).
"On the final lap, Rick ran down the side of Mark and I was a bit wider on the racing line.
"As we went through the corner they both propped and stood on the brakes quite hard. I locked up as a tried to avoid it and tapped Mark on the side. I got off it and gave him room to roll back onto the track in front of me but he didn't so I kept going.
"We didn't really have the car to run at the front in the first part of the final race; we were really struggling on that first set of tyres.
"The Jeld-Wen Falcon came back a bit from halfway in the race; it certainly didn't deteriorate as much as a lot of the others did but it was a bit late to make an impression at that stage.
"We just have to take the points that we did get and get back on it at Oran Park."